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Re: [PROPOSAL] Merging Improved

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2003-04-14 09:05:51 CEST

On Sun, Apr 13, 2003 at 05:23:51PM -0700, Tom Lord wrote:
> > From: =?UTF-8?B?QnJhbmtvIMSMaWJlag==?= <brane@xbc.nu>
> >> Alas, in saying that, I suppose that I'm in some sense speaking
> >> more through you to collabnet than to you directly.
> > Tom, you're backsliding again. :-) Let's leave CollabNet's
> > commercial interests out of this.
> Excuse me?
> First, I don't find that funny and so I don't understand your ":-)".

I think Brane means to work through the design issues and leave out the
commercial interests. There isn't any reason to bring commercial issues to
the table when you're doing design work.

> Second, are you saying that "CollabNet's commercial interests" do not
> have a significant impact on those core developers who are employed by
> svn or that they do not, in turn, have significant impact on the plans
> for and design of svn?

Yes and yes. But the impact on the plans/design is granted by the community
rather than enforced/required by CollabNet. There is a large difference
there, and one that I'm happy about.

> On the contrary: CollabNet fosters a public svn community presumably
> because they believe there to be a mutually beneficial alignment of
> interests between the goals of serving CollabNet's markets, and
> serving the interests of the public.

Yup, among many other things.

> Consequently, ruling CollabNet's business interests to be a
> taboo topic is extraordinarily inappropriate.]

It isn't taboo. I think he's just trying to say that it doesn't have a place
in technical design discussions.

Talk about users' needs, sure. That is great, and is essential. But there
isn't much need to worry about CollabNet's users specifically. (although I
do appreciate the consideration :-)


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
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